It’s the final edition of The One And Only of 2013 this weekend, for the home game with Brentford, and Bailey Wright uses the opportunity to reflect and look forward in the big interview.
The Aussie centre half has made great progress again this year and the longest-serving player is already excited by 2014. And speaking to the matchday programme, he says the most important thing in the dressing room is the togetherness and camaraderie they have.
“You can have good individuals, but if you don’t work well as a team, what good is an individual?” He told the programme.
“You need your team-mates around you to be pulling in the same direction for you to play well and for each other to play well – you can’t just be a team of individuals. Most players are good individual players, but we are quite an unselfish and honest team and we all know that. Everyone in there is good mates with one another and we are always having a good laugh, but at the same time, when we step over the white line, or when we step onto the training pitch or into the gym, you still have your laughs, but if you don’t pull your weight, or put your head in and work hard, there isn’t just one person going to be telling you off, but a whole squad.
“We’ve not really had to do that, because everyone here has the same mindset of where they want to get to and know what their goal is. We know what is expected of each other and we know how to get it out of each other as well.
“We get along well at the training ground, but away from the place a lot of people hang out and do things together, so there is a good team chemistry.”
There’s loads more in the programme you don’t want to miss as well. We have Thorsten Stuckmann’s best XI, featuring some great international stars; we have Kevin Davies feeling old as we look at his firsts and Joe Garner revealing how he’d cope if marooned on a desert island!
We have reviews and photos from three recent games, plus we have an extended interview with former North End midfielder Paul McKenna, who remembers one of many career stunners for the Lilywhites, from 30 yards, down at Griffin Park.
We also have 13 pages of content about the Bees, including a look back to our first encounter 112 years ago and a look at four of their greatest teams.
All this and much, much more is packed into 84 perfect bound pages, featuring returning frontman Joe Garner on the front cover. On sale from Friday afternoon for just £3 online or at the Club’s ticket and retail store or from in and around the ground for our sellers on Saturday.
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